Campaign Finance Law 120: Recount restrictions.
Executive summary: the setup and funding of election recounts is affected, like virtually everything else in politics involving money, by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (otherwise known as the BCRA, otherwise known as McCain-Feingold*). The Federal Election Committee (FEC) has advised that aid by the national committees in the recount efforts be administered as per the following: Direct financial support is limited to $5,000 to | Read More »
Heckuva job there, Nance.
In the process of genteelly begging soon-to-be-ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi to not run for House Minority Leader, Joan Vennochi issued the usual flatteries about her: that Pelosi had fortitude, that the way the country turned against her was unfair, that Pelosi demonstrated a good grasp of how to wield power, and so forth. This is a remarkably common theme among the Left, these days: and I | Read More »
Carol Browner behind Interior moratorium lie?
Back in June reports came out suggesting that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar had lied in a report on the Gulf Coast spill by claiming that a panel of outside exports had peer-reviewed the report’s conclusions, which included a job-killing moratorium on offshore drilling. After this came out, the Interior Secretary had to retract and disavow any nefarious intent on the administration’s behalf; and | Read More »
“Still Counting:” a GOP House recount page.
Link here: it’s a page for directly contributing to eight GOP challengers who are currently in the middle of a recount (six ahead, two behind). Note that while this page is off of the main NRCC site, any contributions made to a specific candidate will go directly to that candidate, not the national committee. The NRCC is in fact somewhat limited in what support it | Read More »
MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Preaches Violent Revolution.
Meet Dylan Ratigan. If you’ve never heard of him, that’s because he’s a (hardcore liberal) host on MSNBC. He’s also a seditionist… oh, sorry. For the benefit of our readers with public school educations, a ‘seditionist’ is somebody who incites armed rebellion against his or her country. Here he is, talking with fellow seditionist Ted Rall about how armed revolt against the government now apparently | Read More »
THAT WOMAN 1, Wall Street Journal 0.
The executive summary: Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin has an upcoming speech in which she criticizes a plan to institute ‘[quantitative*] easing,’ which is in this case basically the practice of creating money via buying our own debt (this particular example of the practice is usually called ‘QE2′ by the papers, apparently because the term is more confusing to people than simply calling it ‘[quantitative] | Read More »
Pelosi partying like it’s 2006.
Odd, isn’t it? The GOP wins big last Tuesday night, and we – like adults – avoid unseemly celebrations about it. Given the almost double-digit unemployment, horrible economy, crushing debt load, and the rest of the Democratic legacy we’re inheriting, it seems… childish… to make the welkin ring*. But by God Nancy Pelosi’s going to have a party on Wednesday ‘honoring the accomplishments’ of the | Read More »
The DGA spins a bad night.
They’re claiming that their group “exceeded expectations” by holding the RGA to a ‘mere’ +6 GOP gain overall, with five Democratic pickups and one Independent one. To begin with, that number is still up in the air: the Minnesota results have not yet come in… but even if you spot the Democrats that one, this is, well, a silly thing for the DGA to say. | Read More »
The New Sobriety.
I don’t know whether this new sobriety on the part of the House GOP caucus is due to conviction, or fear: Since all the Republicans will really control after January is the House of Representatives, much of what Boehner and Cantor have had to say has involved changes internal to the House. The new House will, for instance, systematically review federal regulations that depress job | Read More »
Let me introduce you to Cooks Source.
It will be today’s Don’t Let This Happen To You! Here’s the timeline: Somebody wrote up a couple of medieval apple pie recipes for a website. Being a medievalist, this writeup included the original recipes, which means that they included the original spelling. Cooks Source went onto the Internet, pulled the recipe, and printed it in their magazine. No, they didn’t get permission. When the | Read More »
“The Perriello Way…” to lose by four.
I like to think of articles like these (via RCP) as being written at darkening twilight. The author is sitting at his or her table, favorite bottle of wine to hand, pausing from writing only to swig from the bottle, or to sadly watch out the window at the valley below. Watching and waiting for the first flickering signs of the torch-bearing Mob. Of all | Read More »
You know, when we get around to purging the RNC: the person who came up with this common reaction to the idea that Pelosi will run for House Minority Leader? Yeah. That person gets to keep his or her job. Moe Lane Via Hot Air/The Corner/Ben Smith.
The Matter of Pelosi.
Bob Shrum, November 4, 2010: “Long after the midterm stories have faded, and the predictions of the President’s political demise prove as facile and false as they were with Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, history will accord Pelosi an unprecedented scale of achievement for a House Speaker.” Bob Shrum, September 30, 2010: “Democrats will hold the House and Senate. ” Shrum will no doubt mutter that he was | Read More »
The ‘I’ve waited two years for this’ Memorial Open Thread.
Was it worth it? Really worth it? Oh, yeah. So totally worth it. Open thread. Moe Lane (crosspost)
54 of 99.
That’s the current number of state legislative chambers* that the GOP will be controlling, starting next year: there are still five state legislative chambers still undecided, so the number could go as high as 59 of 99. That represents a flip of eighteen state chambers (and the gain of both houses in the state legislature in six states) by the GOP; couple that with a | Read More »